"Are there any connections between ADHD children and those with Asperger’s Syndrome? My child is diagnosed with ADHD, but he seems to cross over a bit with weak social skills and emotional behavior. How do you determine what is ADHD and what is Asperger’s?"
The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Aspergers (high functioning autism) do mimic one another, and there are some connections between ADHD and Aspergers. In fact, there are dual diagnoses of ADHD and Aspergers in many cases. Both of these diagnoses are developmental disorders; they share many of the same behavioral features and both affect children in the areas of behavior, communication, and social interaction. As a result, there is often some confusion as to which disorder(s) is present. Medical, mental health and educational professionals need to be trained to differentiate between the disorders and diagnose the correct one.
Here is a list of the behaviors that may be seen in Aspergers and/or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
- Avoids attending to details
- Behavior driven by impulses
- Cannot talk or play quietly
- Constantly active
- Difficulty interacting with peers
- Difficulty with appropriate emotional responses
- Disruptive with others
- Does not want to wait
- Exhibits severe temper tantrums
- Feelings of invincibility
- Has difficulty listening or conversing
- Impulsive work effort that results in mistakes
- Inappropriate laughter
- Inconsistent fine motor skills
- Interrupts others
- Makes mistakes in work activities
- Minimal eye contact
- Physical over-activity or lack of physical activity
- Problems with gross/fine motor skills
- Resistant to intimacy
- Risk taker
- Talks and/or acts inappropriately
- Temper tantrums without provocation
- Willingly becomes involved in potentially dangerous activities
More information on the Aspergers/ADHD overlap can be found here…
• Anonymous said... Anonymous said... Very helpful.
• Anonymous said... Aspergers is like living in a black and white world. There is no grey area for these kids. It is or it is not and it's hard to reason with them. My son is 8 and has ADHD, aniexty disorder and aspergers. His meltdowns are few as long as we keep a very strick schedule. The school is actually easier then the summer. My son had a melt down at his diving practice the other day when another boy came in and cut him in line. At this age it should get you a little mad but not a tantrum. They can fixate on a topic and won't let it go. My son had an argument with his teacher last year over one thousand and him saying 10 hundred is short for a thousand.
• Anonymous said... My son was diagnosed with adhd last week. They also said he's right on the edge of being in the autism spectrum. They suspect high functioning and aspergers but because it was so close he was only diagnosed with adhd right now. He's 5.
• Anonymous said... Thank you for posting this! My child was diagnosed with ADHD in 1st grade. Last year (4th grade) her resource teacher started questioning Aspergers as well. We will begin testing in 5th grade.
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